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Insects, Diseases & Rodents

Brijette Peña

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For any of us that grow close to the coast or in areas that get lots of morning dew or cool summers, powdery mildew is all too familiar.

Healthy Coastal Live Oak

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SAN FRANCISCO — A coast live oak tree in Presidio National Park has been found infected with Sudden Oak Death (SOD).

Snails & Slugs

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Red Palm Weevil

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Earlier this month I reported on the discovery in Laguna Beach of the world's most destructive pest of palms, the Red Palm Weevil.

Red Palm Weevil

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{codepiece 15}Imagine the Southern California skyline without the presence of majestic date palms and tall, slender Washingtonia fan palms.

That’s what a few landscape professionals, palm enthusiasts and scientists are worried about, following the discovery last month of a destructive new pest in a Laguna Beach neighborhood.

For the first time ever, the Red Palm Weevil, a beetle native of Southeast Asia, was discovered alive and well in the United States. The host was a Canary Island Date Palm in the Emerald Terrace neighborhood of North Laguna Beach.

Rose Slugs

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Summer is upon us. Not only are temperatures rising, but so is the likelihood of a few garden pests.

Lady Bug Eating Aphids

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Not long ago gardeners seemed to spend as much time controlling pests as they did any other garden activity.

Slime Mold

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If you are reading this while feasting on a scrambled egg breakfast, you may want to turn the page now and come back to the article a little later in the day. Make that a lot later.

Asian Citrus Psyllid

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By now you may have heard about a new pest that was discovered last month in Orange County.

Fig Beetle

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During August, I often hear an approaching green fig beetle before I see it.

Canna Leaf Roller

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Summer has arrived in the south and the bright colors of the Cannas are everywhere.

Walking Stick

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A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a Costa Mesa gardener.